December 9, 2020

The Board had a busy yet productive month of November.

The first board meeting of the month occurred on November 13th (it was Friday the 13th). On that occasion, the Board passed a motion in support of finding an alternate permanent space for the BESU (Bachelor of Environment Student Union) and the EVSCSU (Environmental Science Student Union). The School of Environmental Science has given the groups 33 days to move out, as the space will be turned into a lab.

Throughout this first meeting, further discussions revolved around the SFSS Emergency Funding for Fall 2020, University advocacy updates, gender-inclusive washrooms in the SUB and Indigenous Students and Reconciliation.

The Board met again on November 27th and passed a motion to approve the letter of support to eliminate the sale of pre-filled water bottles at the SFU Campuses on December 31st, 2020. The motion was raised and carried to approve the $27,532.85 from the SFSS Accessibility Fund for an accessibility audit of the Student Union Building by Level Playing Inc.

At that time, the Board also approved the motion for the elections’ date change. For Spring 2021, the new election timeline is as follows:

Nomination Period: January 18th-31st
Campaigning Period: February 1st-14th
Voting Period: February 16th-18th

The Board also met for the development session on November 6th. The session took place with StudentCare, where Covid-19 pandemic coverage and travel insurance and psychotherapy & mental health coverage was discussed.

The Events Committee is working on Holiday giveaways and will be doing gift card giveaways in December. The committee worked on various other projects, including the Lantern craft workshop, a Fall-themed paint night, Rasam Soup Food Workshop and Mindfulness and Meditation workshop.

The Finance and Administrative Services Committee is working on Investment Policy and Implementation Plan, Budget Consultation and Emergency Funding.

November Timeline:

[November 6th] SFSS Board Development Session [November 13th] SFSS Board Meeting
[November 13th] Diwali Dance Workshop
[November 27th] SFSS Board Meeting
[November 29th] Rasam Soup Food Workshop

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